20 hour flight to the offshore team and then the same back again last week. How did I used to do this without noise cancelling headphones?

Oops forgot the 36 hour Great Courses lecture series on the phone. So that as well.

Bingeable Netflix shows, YouTube videos, research papers, ebooks on the iPad. I have 50ish hours of content for a 19 flight that I will mostly sleep through. Sounds about right!


“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower

every episode from Dark makes some of my brain cells die due to extreme effort to understand what's happening

Today special circumstances allowed me to take the train to work instead of drive. 2+ hours of stressful commute was transformed to 1.5 hours of mixed productivity and napping. Sadly, this is what now passes for bliss in my life. Not for long however - my team had some huge fires waiting for me by the time I got to the office.

Local women crochet sweaters to shield rescued elephants from cold, Elephant Conservation Care Center, India, 2017 #womensart t.co/xiqCCK1xCg

org-mode is why more people I know switch to emacs (or spacemacs if vim users) these days than anything else

Linux but it's powered by the conversion of Earth's weak magnetic field into electricity, fed into a series of capacators drip-charging a battery, and only boots once a year at a remote location, allowing for the momentary accessing of poetry and prose left by those willing to make the pilgrimage.

Initial impression of iPad pro and pencil for nothing: looks hopeful. I like it.

there is a brouhaha bout blackhole. let me tell you how it is. It SUCKS.

Oh my goodness I've just learned a thing about The Matrix that causes it to make a lot more sense: In the original script the humans were used as neural network compute clusters by the Machines and as a crucial component of The Matrix itself.

Which is why humans who were aware of the simulation could control aspects of The Matrix - their minds were part of its foundation.

Unfortunately the test audiences had trouble understanding this concept so the studio changed the human role to "batteries".

DRM and streaming means you don't own what you pay for, and the content is at the whim of the provider, and you can't rely on it always being there even if it's a large stable corporation.

"Microsoft announces it will shut down ebook program and confiscate its customers' libraries"


My spouse in not excited about earthships because we would be unlikely to be permitted where we live. So looking into strawbale, which looks more traditional, has a national building coffee, and can be used to build a home with many advantages of earthships. Not the same, but would not be a horrible compromise. Look at the LILAC community in Leeds in the UK.

xah talk show in about 2.5 hours. San Francisco time 4pm. Let's talk about keyboards, keybinding, stuff. And then wander into other topics. Goto youtube, search xahlee, subscribe+alert.

For software developer readers, any feedback on Hashicorp's Vault? We are slowly migrating from AWS to Kubernetes, and I want good secrets management end to end. It is Hashicorp's, so I already have a level of trust.

Here's an interesting thread where Alan Kay explains what he thinks he meant by object oriented: userpage.fu-berlin.de/~ram/pub

But here's an interesting thread which comments that what we think we know we meant with our intentions might actually be covered by the clarity of our retrospection: lobste.rs/s/4s7h7w/dr_alan_kay

I agree with that, and am probably guilty of it myself with AP.

Also, interesting E-design-reflections in that thread by Corbin Simpson: lobste.rs/s/4s7h7w/dr_alan_kay

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